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Hello, readers! It has been a while since my last post and a LOT has happened in the time that has passed!
Spring semester of third year was busy with preparing for Part 1 of our National Boards (which my class took in the middle of March this year) while finishing up our last semester of coursework and seeing patients in The Eye Center three days a week. The time between Christmas break and Boards FLEW by, and before we knew it it was time to take the big test! Part 1 is taken over two full days and consists of 500 questions over a LOT of topics. Studying for it was a huge task and could be stressful at times, but the feeling of walking out after the second day of testing was almost worth it. The downside to finally finishing the exam on March 16th was that we had to wait until May 3rd to receive our scores and find out whether or not we passed. My new husband (eek!) and I found out four days before our wedding that we both passed, which definitely added to the happiness and celebration of that week! And just in case we weren't already sure that we are compatible - we actually got the EXACT same score on the test, which has to be pretty unlikely since scores range from 100-900. I guess all of our "study dates" over the past 8 years paid off. Happy day!
Speaking of happy days, Ben and I got married on May 7th in our hometown in Texas and it was just perfect. We had a blast celebrating with our family and friends and dancing the night away at our reception! The morning after the wedding we flew to Canada for our honeymoon. We spent 3 nights in beautiful French Canada (Quebec City) and 3 nights in busy downtown Toronto and we couldn't have asked for a better trip. We were sad to head back to the states on Sunday, but excited to start our 4th year externships the very next day! I am in-house at my SCO rotation this semester and Ben is at his institutional rotation at the Memphis VAMC. We are only on day 3 so far so I will write a more detailed post specifically about externs later on, but so far so good! It's hard to believe my class is already in our 4th year and that we're spread out all over the country at different extern sites. What an adventure it has been!
Thanks for reading, and a huge thanks to the SCO community for going above and beyond in congratulating Ben and I on our marriage! We are so happy and are so thankful for the support. I'll be back soon with a post about externs!
-Lisa Roach :-)